A few cool days in Santa Fe, and we’re all talking Autumn! But we’re not done with Summer yet – and we all know that Fall doesn’t come until Old Man Gloom lights up the sky.
I was in Chicago last week to curate the art at the Fest for Beatles Fans, celebrating this year 40 Fab years in the Windy City. Many fans from the first Fest, held at the Palmer House (1977), came to dance and sing with the newbies. I arrived early to help with the setup of the show. My special job is to create the Art Room, which houses the art contest for fan artists - professional, amateur and kids. These artistic contributions delight the fans who vote on the pieces they like best.
This year, being the 50th anniversary of the release of the Revolver album, we created a giant-sized “Revolver” collage. Fans needed no prompting – they cut and pasted scraps and developed, bit by bit, something entirely new.
One of our artists who submits wildly creative projects every year, brought in something special. Nicole Nigh took 8 months to limn a 48” x 48” reproduction of the album cover in pen and ink, but she made each penstroke a letter, which formed the lyrics of the album. I have included close-ups of the detail. Klaus Voorman, a friend of the Beatles during their Hamburg period, and the creator of the original Revolver art, was at the Fest to promote his book (stunning, by the way… I want one). I was not going to let this opportunity pass by and invited him into the Art Room to see Nicole’s work. He was amazed. He got misty when I pointed out his signature, refashioned with lyric letters. Truly an impressive effort.
And of course, On Sunday of the Fest when the art contest winners are brought to the stage, the Revolver cover was front and center. Bravo to all the participating Beatles artists!
The Poetry Jam was held on Saturday night, and in addition to the readings of original Beatles themed poems, we were treated to a spirited recreation of the 1966 Chicago Beatles Press Conference. This was the occasion when John Lennon was expected to apologize for words taken out of context. My cohorts Walter J. L. Podrazik and Victoria Pichla Luz were key players in this event.
We are looking forward to the next Fest – next year marks the anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Chicago means many things: pizza, for sure, and I got my fair share. I got to Wrigley Field twice (for Cubs wins natch), and a river cruise to taken in the architectural beauties of my old home town, and a bike ride all around the greenly graceful Morton Arboretum. I enjoyed the generosity and hospitality of family and friends, and I wish I had more time to see everyone. Next time!
But I had to return to Santa Fe and continue on with more art projects. The whimsical portrait “Mr. Googly Eyes” is nearly complete, and I started a new landscape, inspired by the view out of the shuttle window on the ride from ABQ to Santa Fe. The monsoons have brought green to life to the desert – so much so, I had to use a machete to get to my door.
I am preparing more projects to work on at the Market. This Sunday, I will be working on autumnal pieces. See you there.
Love and Peace.
What Goes On:
Fire & Hops Gastropub,
222 N. Guadalupe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This show features some of my largest and rarely seen collages, including "Bloomsday at Molly Malone's" , "Cast Out", "Night Vision and "Limitless Undying Love"
On display for the rest of the summer
Deco will be at the
Railyard Artisans Market
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
July 1, 8, 15, and 22
Demonstrations of collage technique and fun things for sale
The Fest for Beatles Fans, Chicago, August 10-12; art show, performances and poetry
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”) $50 medium (16” x 20”) $75 full size (18” x 24” )$100
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Listen to ArtFusion,
Thursdays at noon on KVSF, the Voice of Santa Fe, 101.5 FM
Enjoy amazing and creative desserts at The Compound Restaurant on picturesque Canyon Road
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
And Around the Corner:
Exquisite Corpse Show in Santa Fe in the Community Gallery in Santa Fe in October
Stars, Planets and Galaxies - Solo Show in Los Alamos, January 2019
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
And, as always:
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